Ron Goch
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Have an Enthusiasm for Life

April 11th 2006

The enthusiasm of a child can be contagious.

Last night, as I was reading a book, I heard our six-year-old daughter and her cousin – who were enjoying a “sleepover” – chanting in unison, “What’s it going to take? Team work!  What’s it going to take? Team work!”  They just kept repeating it over and over and over again.

I couldn’t see them, but I could hear them marching through the house and I could tell they were smiling, giggling and enjoying themselves.

It was a catchy chant that I overheard my daughter say she picked up from a movie.  All I know is I was envious of their enthusiasm and energy, especially since it was going on 11 pm!

How many times have you looked at a child and said, “Wow, I wish I had her energy!”  Why is it that kids seem to have tremendous amounts of energy and enthusiasm the majority of their waking hours and most adults don’t seem to have that same kind of youthful enthusiasm and energy?

And when an adult is smiling, happy and bouncing around the house or office with youthful energy, we feel compelled to ask: “What are you so happy about?” as if it’s a rarity versus the norm.  Why isn’t this the norm for most adults?

Although the girls were still sleeping this morning when I climbed out of bed, I could still see their smiling faces marching through the house as the chant replayed in my head, “What’s it going to take? Team work!” I couldn’t help but smile and feel motivated to have that same kind of enthusiasm and energy today.

As the late Jim Valvano once said, “How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life.”

Ron Goch, The Telios Group

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